Helene Pratte-Blake (1902-2012) validation

The GRG announces the age validation of Marie Helene M Blake, formerly Pratte, nee Chenette (known as Helene). Helene was born in La Patrie, Quebec, Canada, on June 23rd 1902, to Hector Chenette and Obdula (Lefebvre) Chenette. She had at least 5 siblings. In May 1912 the family moved to the US, settling in Massachusetts. On August 3rd 1926, Helene married Charles A Pratte and went on to have two sons. After Charles passed away she married John Blake. She ended up outliving both husbands and one of her sons. In 1997, after living for over 77 years in Springfield, Massachusetts, Helene moved to St Louis, Missouri, where she spent the rest of her life. She passed away there on September 4th 2012, aged 110 years, 73 days.

Whilst some early life documentation indicates Helene was born in 1901, a baptism was found that confirms she was born June 23rd 1902.

Helene’s age was validated by Anson Davis, Mark Muir and myself, later accepted by the GRG as valid with a retroactive date of July 9th 2016.

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